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The Maid Freed from the Gallows
ii. "What care I for your baby? What care I for it? I have got the land-lord's lady, My whole heart's delight."
12. "You can have my daughter, Betsy, You can have her today;
And as many gold dollars
As your horse can carry away."
13. "You may keep your daughter, Betsy; You can keep her, I say,
To wash up your basin
Where your heart's blood do Jay."
14. "Lie still, my daughter, Betsy, Wherever you be
Till you see your papa Come sailing on the sea."
15. "O father, you ought not to lay this blame on me. Boab King killed your lady and baby."
Boab King was hung in a tree so high
And Miss Farther was burned to a stake close by.
iS THE MAID FREED FROM THE GALLOWS
(Child, No. 9j) For discussions of this popular ballad, see Professor Kittredge's In­troduction to English and Scottish Popular Ballads in The Cambridge Poets, Student's Edition; Reed Smith, Ballads, Chapter VIII, "Five Hundred Years of 'The Maid Freed from the Gallows;'" Davis, No. 27; and Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, pp. 206—213. For other American texts, see Barry, No. 25; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 24; Cox, No. 18; Hudson, No. 15; Pound, Ballads, No. 13; Sandburg, p. 72; Scarborough, pp. 35, 39, 41; C. A. Smith, pp. 6, 10; Reed Smith, No. 10; Reed Smith, Ballads, No. 10; Wyman and Brockway, p. 44; Journal, XIX, 22 (Hutchinson); XXI, 56 (Kittredge); XXIV, 337 (Barry, melody only); XXVI, 175 (Kittredge); XXX, 319 (Kittredge); XXXIX, 105 (Hudson); XLII, 272 (Henry); New Jersey Journal of Education, March, 1926. Add Journal,XXX, 318; Thomas,
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